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Italy

Christmas in Sorrento

Program No. 23713RJ
Celebrate the Christmas holiday in Sorrento! Attend classical concerts, explore the ancient city of Pompeii and experience the beauty of Capri and the Amalfi Coast with a local expert.
Length
9 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
3,799
Flights start at
1,000

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
Activity Level: Let's Go! (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 19 - Dec 27, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Activity Level: Let's Go! (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 19 - Dec 27, 2023
Starting at
4,339
Activity Level: On Your Feet (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2023
Starting at
3,799
Itinerary Note

For those participants continuing onward to Road Scholar program New Year's In Florence (#19221), a high-speed train ticket to Florence is included at no additional cost. To avail yourself of the hotel transfer and train ticket, please contact Trinity College (cp-italy@trincoll.edu) by no later than December 1, 2023 to make your arrangements.

Activity Level: On Your Feet (1)
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2023
Starting at
4,339
Itinerary Note

For those participants continuing onward to Road Scholar program New Year's In Florence (#19221), a high-speed train ticket to Florence is included at no additional cost. To avail yourself of the hotel transfer and train ticket, please contact Trinity College (cp-italy@trincoll.edu) by no later than December 1, 2023 to make your arrangements.

At a Glance

Spending the Christmas holiday in Sorrento isn’t just a good idea — it’s a great idea. With local experts and other likeminded learners, explore this beautiful region of Italy and the ancient history that has shaped its modern identity. As you admire the turquoise waters along the Amalfi Coast, imagine the historic events that so pristinely preserved the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, explore the former home of Swedish physician Axel Munthe on the island of Capri, and learn about the art of woodworking at the Tarsia Museum. Along the way, enjoy classical concerts and ring in the holiday with a Christmas lunch. It’s all the perfect way to say Buon Natale! (Merry Christmas!)
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to four miles a day; uneven terrain, stairs without rails, cobblestones.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Join a local expert for field trips to Pompeii, Herculaneum and enjoy an in-depth look into the region’s ancient history.
  • Explore the beautiful island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast with an expert, stopping to explore piazzas, sample regional cuisine and learn about the Villa of San Michele.
  • Drive through the Sorrento countryside to visit a working farm, learn how mozzarella is made and assist in the preparation of your farewell dinner.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with “New Year's In Florence” (#19221), for even more learning in Italy! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasures
by Joseph Jay Deiss
An artful and wonderfully written description of the daily life of the Romans at the time of the destruction of Herculaneum.
The House in Amalfi
by Elizabeth Adler
Master of suspense and romance, Adler deftly intertwines lush descriptions of place with fast-paced intrigue in this novel set in the Amalfi Coast.
Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
by Paul Roberts
Drawing on sharp, full-color photographs of more than 200 objects excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roberts, a curator at the British Museum, discusses what life was like in the ancient cities. He covers everything from birth certificates to the prevalence of bakeries and taverns.
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
From Amazon: You won’t need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini’s fellow Italians. In fact, Beppe would prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious. To get to his Italia, you’ll need to forget about your idealized notions of Italy. Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions, your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic: the highway, the airport, and the small town.
The Fires of Vesuvius
by Mary Beard
Amazon Books: "Pompeii is the most famous archaeological site in the world, visited by more than two million people each year. Here, acclaimed historian Beard explores what kind of town it was, and what it can reveal about ordinary life there."
Pompeii, The Day a City Died
by Robert Etienne
This indispensable pocket guide illustrates daily life in the city as revealed by its evocative frescoes, mosaics and treasures.
Vesuvius
by Gillian Darley
Darley unveils human responses to Mount Vesuvius, a place both feared and celebrated, from a cast of characters as far-flung as Pliny the Younger and David Hockney. This entry in Harvard University Press's excellent Wonders of the World series is a perfect introduction for travelers to Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Rediscovering the Ancient World in the Bay of Naples, 1710-1890
by Carol C. Mattusch
This extensively illustrated volume details various reactions to the early excavations of the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and their international influence in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Italian Folktales
by Selected and retold by Italo Calvino
This collection by one of Italy’s most famous writers is a magic and classical tome to put anyone in the mood for visiting this fascinating and continually surprising country.
The Ancient Shore
by Shirley Hazzard
Hazzard's lyrical collection of essays on the history, beauty, complexities and contradictions of Naples. Includes a celebrated New Yorker essay by Francis Steegmuller.
Campania Basilicata Map
by Touring Club Italiano
A colorful, durable map of Campania, including Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
The Italians
by John Hooper
From Amazon: A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent.





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